Government appoints new head of military intelligence
The Czech government has appointed Milan Kovanda the new head of military intelligence, the news website respect.cz reported on Thursday. His predecessor, Ondřej Páleník, said he had decided to step down after five years in the post. The new director of the service, Milan Kovanda, joined the army in 1992 and has served in Afghanistan and Kosovo. In 2001, Mr Kovanda became the commander of a special forces unit of the Czech army that was involved in direct military combat in Afghanistan.